Report 21/2/18

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 21/2/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:40 am

The cooler change and bit of rainfall this week has certain been a most welcome change from February’s standard heat and humidity. Enjoy it while it lasts as no doubt summer has not quite finished with us yet.

In the estuary, Limeburners continues to fish well with solid whiting on offer along with a sprinkling of flathead, bream and blackfish. Yabbies as usual seem to be doing the trick for all of these species. There have also been some terrific trevally around the canal areas, with quite a few fish well and truly testing light spin gear. Small metals or diving hard bodied lures quickly retrieved is the way to go for these terrific sport fish. Further upstream, bream numbers remain excellent with surface lures still working well during daylight hours, while after dark mullet strips and gut baits have been successful. For the crabbing enthusiasts, muddie numbers have again been terrific, with bag limits common as long as you get to check your equipment before others.

Off the beaches, despite the solid swell of the past week temporarily putting the more exposed stretches of sand off limits, results have been quite encouraging. Lighthouse has held bream, whiting and tailor mainly on the northern end, while North Beach and around Plomer are still producing excellent flathead from the close in gutters. School mulloway numbers however have been a little down however hopefully the next favourable tide phase will see them back again.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers remain quite solid, with some reasonable fish mixed in with the average run of choppers this time of year generally produces. A few nice bream, school mulloway and blackfish have also been on offer, with Point Plomer well worth a look. No real news on the land based game scene as yet, however with the currents and water temperature now favourable, prospecting the more prominent local ledges could well prove rewarding.

Offshore, conditions over the past week have again been less than ideal with few boats managing to get out. Of the few reports we have had locally, most have been chasing pelagics which is to be expected at this time of year. Barries Bay is beginning to fish a little more consistently with some nice Spanish mackerel on offer, together with a few spotted mackerel, cobia and the odd long tail tuna. With good warm water in close, these fish should hang around for a while yet. Wider out, the FAD has again produced some terrific mahi mahi to around 10 kilos, while pretty well all species of marlin are viable targets for the game fishing enthusiasts.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
42 Gordon St, Port Macquarie
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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